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Assateague pony dies after eating dog food, officials say

A few days before Chama Wingapo — a 7-year-old mare that was part of the wild pony herds of Assateague — was found dead without visible injuries in one of the Assateague Island National Seashore’s campgrounds, rangers noticed her odd behavior and attributed it to the usual cause: human involvement.

Maryland woman suffers broken leg as car rolls into canal

A 76-year-old Stevensville, Md., woman suffered a broken leg on Sunday, July 30, when the car she had been driving rolled over her leg as it crashed into a canal at Treasure Beach Campground.

Boardwalk buddies create upbeat daily tradition

Special to the Coastal Point • Lilly Blomquist Some of the boardwalk buddies gather on the boardwalk, under the clock.Special to the Coastal Point • Lilly Blomquist Some of the boardwalk buddies gather on the boardwalk, under the clock.Waves crashing against the shore and seagulls cawing in the air are not the only sounds and sights that fill the town of Bethany Beach each morning. Augmenting these daily components of the beach, a group of about 13 men spend every morning chatting with one another about a variety of topics, exchanging jokes and greeting residents and visitors.

All year ’round, except in snow or heavy rain, from around 6 or 7 a.m. until about 9:45 a.m., the men sit on the benches underneath the iconic clock on the boardwalk, beginning their days with sea breeze, sunshine and social interaction.

Setting the tone for the rest of their day, the meetings leave the group members in high spirits, which is why the men said they find themselves continuing to congregate on the boardwalk every day.

Former sports writer to sign novel in Bethany on Aug. 6

Author Adam Gordon Sachs will be signing his book “Three Yards & a Plate of Mullet” at Bethany Beach Books on Sunday, Aug. 6, and will also discuss his experiences working as a sports writer and discuss themes of journalism, personal discovery, friendship, high school sports and the 1980s.

Local musicians get their time under the lights

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: Mama’s Black Sheep jams out on stage during the first Locals event at the Freeman Stage at Bayside.Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: Mama’s Black Sheep jams out on stage during the first Locals event at the Freeman Stage at Bayside.For the fifth season, the Freeman Stage at Bayside in Selbyville is hosting its Locals under the Lights performances, so that local up-and-coming artists have the opportunity to further their musical interests while audience members are able to appreciate the local talent.

This summer’s second Locals under the Lights will take place Thursday, Aug. 10.

“We want to help not only expose a variety of art media to people, but we want to be able to let people express their love for music and performing as well,” said Alyson Cunningham, communications and public relations manager for the Freeman Stage.

From 7 to 9 p.m. on Aug. 10, people of all ages are being invited to listen to vocal and instrumental performances from 5th Avenue, Cologne, Hedera SOJO, Bad Avenue Band and Jacob Osias, while sitting on the lawn in front of the stage.

Readers donate a favorite and buy someone else’s

Book lovers from all over Sussex County and beyond get the chance to both donate and buy books during the Friends of the South Coastal Library’s Summer Book Sale.

Magic, mysticism and mentalists at Dickens theatre

John StetsonJohn StetsonWhat is it about magic that draws people in, regardless of age, background, or personality? Is it the allure of the mysterious, of the unknown? Is it the attraction of darkened theaters, thick velvet curtains and buttered popcorn? The promises of knowledge about the future; miracles spun under the fingers of witty wizards?

Maybe all of these factors play a part, but perhaps what truly entices people is the notion that, if just for a moment, they can believe in the impossible. Minds can be read. Objects can disappear. Anything one can dream becomes irresistibly within reach.

Dickens Parlour Theatre — and the host of world-renowned expert magicians who travel to perform there — offers the chance to make dreams of the impossible come true. In an enchanting Victorian theater, both adults and children are astonished and mystified daily. And, this week, a truly special act is coming to the theater.

Bethany 5K walk/run to benefit Alzheimer’s Association

Coastal Point • Submitted: Runners take off from the start line during last year’s Athletes Against Alzheimers Run/Walk 5K.Coastal Point • Submitted: Runners take off from the start line during last year’s Athletes Against Alzheimers Run/Walk 5K.Approximately 200,000 Americans younger than 65 have early-onset Alzheimer’s, according to the Alzheimer’s Association, and with Sussex County’s growing senior population, Alzheimer’s is a cause near and dear to many people’s hearts.

Local business owner Michael Loftus of Loftus Wealth Strategies knows the disease firsthand.

“My father, Jim, passed away from Alzheimer’s in 2013. From the experience of him going through it, I knew I wanted to do something to bring awareness and raise money for Alzheimer’s research and help.”

Based on his own experience, Loftus chose to organize a 5K run/walk in Bethany Beach to raise money.

Pickleball in Lower Slower Delaware (LSD)

Sitting at courtside, waiting to take the next available court, someone is sure to make a negative comment about a workman who is, or was, scheduled to repair or install something in their home, and end the conversation with “but this is Lower Slower Delaware.”

White Marlin Open ready to set lines on Monday

Ocean City, Md.’s 44th annual White Marlin Open — one of the largest billfish tournaments in the world — kicks off Monday, Aug. 7, with fishing continuing through Friday, Aug. 11.

School board wants consistent rules for school choice

Kevin Patterson’s third-grade daughter has found success in the Indian River School District, and he looked forward to sending his son to kindergarten this fall. But, living outside the district, the boy isn’t guaranteed a spot, and the school has recommended that the school board reject his school choice application.

Weaver taking over as Chamber director

The Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce announced on Wednesday the resignation of executive director Kristie Maravalli, who will become the director of development for the Joshua M. Freeman Foundation. Lauren Weaver, currently the events and member-relations manager for the Chamber, will assume the role of executive director effective Monday, Aug. 7.

Family donates a historic $10M toward Beebe upgrades

It might be one of the biggest charitable donations ever in Sussex County, and it’s coming from Atlanta, Ga. But the Rollins family hasn’t forgotten its roots in Lewes or their love for Beebe hospital.

That’s why Margaret “Peggy” Rollins and R. Randall Rollins are giving $10 million toward Beebe Healthcare’s planned expansion.

State plans for Fenwick lighthouse and keeper’s home

Coastal Point • File Photo: The Fenwick Island Lighthouse’s keeper’s house, on the left, will become a public historical site, if state historians can get their plans, and finances, approved.Coastal Point • File Photo: The Fenwick Island Lighthouse’s keeper’s house, on the left, will become a public historical site, if state historians can get their plans, and finances, approved.In days gone by, sailors looked for the beacon on dark nights. The Fenwick Island Lighthouse warned ships away from the shallows that could trap or shred a boat to bits, depending on the weather. And lighthouse staff were so dedicated to their jobs that they lived next door.

Today, the State of Delaware wants to show people a slice of that life by renovating the keeper’s house into a public historical site.

Delaware has long owned the lighthouse and more recently acquired the keeper’s house, just to the west, said Tim Slavin, director of Delaware’s Division of Historical & Cultural Affairs.

“We are looking at creating that keeper’s house into a kind of community site and interpretive center for lectures or gatherings of any kind,” Slavin said. “We’re also going to do a little better job of marrying the two parcels together, … create a campus there, so when people visit, it’s more than just two parcels.”

Forget ‘Rock ’n’ Roll High School — try rock summer camp

Kids get a taste of performing like the pros

School band isn’t a perfect fit for some kids — even for the musicians among them. Some desire to enhance their performing abilities and get a chance to stand out while rocking the house.

Work progressing on Bayhealth campus near Milford

The Sussex County Council this week received an update on the Bayhealth Sussex Campus project now under construction outside of Milford.

Millville committee gives annexation a thumbs-up

The Millville Annexation Committee met on July 20 and unanimously agreed to recommend annexation of a 31.32-acre property to the town council.

A petition for annexation has been submitted by the Howard Robert Hickman Revocable Trust and Dr. James W. Schiff. The property is located at 32525 Dukes Drive, with the proposed use being a single-family-home development of 94 homes.

Scammers now come at people from every direction

Most of us have received the emails from Nigerian royalty promising to make us millionaries if we send a “small” amount of money their way. Or the free gift cards we can all get through our emails if we just sign up for a trial period of Product X. Or “urgent” emails from banks urging us to sign in on the website they provided a link to in order to keep your assets from being frozen.

‘Delaware History’ documents the Civil War years

I previously published a column titled “Read all about it! — A guide to Civil War Delaware.” (Coastal Point, Aug. 31, 2012). It included a list of publications that dealt with Delaware’s involvement in the Civil War.

Police warn residents to beware of multiple phone scams

No one ever wants to receive a phone call from a loved one in trouble, but authorities are asking the public to be wary and remember that those callers may not be who they say they are.

One Ocean View man received a call from a man who claimed to be his grandson.

New store aims to give Ocean View something to party about

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: Party Decor & More owner Jim Schnepf-Pratt poses for a photo at his new location in Ocean View.Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: Party Decor & More owner Jim Schnepf-Pratt poses for a photo at his new location in Ocean View.Ocean View now has a party store to call its very own, as a Rehoboth Beach-based business has opened a second location in Ocean View, expanding its offerings for the needs of the area’s growing communities.

Party Decor & More has been in business in Rehoboth for four years, and owner Jim Schnepf-Pratt said it has been very successful and popular amongst that community. And on June 21, the second location of Party Decor & More opened in Ocean View.

“Ocean View chose us,” Schnepf-Pratt said of why he decided to expand his business in the area.

He said he was initially approached by the property owner, who asked him if he was interested in opening another location at 29 Atlantic Avenue, where Curves was formerly located. He visited the location four times before making the final decision to move in.

Berry Lovers Farm gets an organic start in Clarksville

Coastal Point • Marissa McCloy: Jimmy and Kathy Guido are providing the Clarksville area with organic produce on their farm, Berry Lovers Farm.Coastal Point • Marissa McCloy: Jimmy and Kathy Guido are providing the Clarksville area with organic produce on their farm, Berry Lovers Farm.Berry Lovers Farm sticks to its roots by farming organically grown produce in Clarksville.

This summer, heirloom cherry tomatoes, zucchini, squash, cucumbers, tomatoes, eggs, eggplant and sweet peppers are for sale at the Berry Lovers Farm stand, which is only open from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays.

The farm and stand are located at 31897 Organic Growers Lane, just off Route 26, near the Route 17 intersection. The eggs sold at the stand come from chickens that live on the farm and are fed only organic food grown there.

Husband and wife Jimmy and Kathy Guido bought the 11-acre parcel in 2015. They said it was difficult to find a piece of land for their organic farm, because most of the land in the area has been used for conventional farming. There is a three-year waiting period before conventionally-farmed land can be farmed under the term “organic.”

DiscoverSea Shipwreck Museum makes waves in Delaware history

Coastal Point photos • Tyler Valliant: Dale Clifton, owner of DiscoverSea Shipwreck Museum in Fenwick Island, shows off some of the museum’s historic artifacts.Coastal Point photos • Tyler Valliant: Dale Clifton, owner of DiscoverSea Shipwreck Museum in Fenwick Island, shows off some of the museum’s historic artifacts.Mountainous waves swell overhead as a Spanish fleet drifts helplessly in the storm. Torrential rain pummels the boats, scattering the soaked crews as they yank on ropes and bark panicked orders. Below deck, about $14 million worth of silver and gold glitters in the half-light as water begins to sweep into the hull with purposeful, destructive force.

It’s July 31, 1715, and all seems lost.

But it isn’t. Because about 300 years after the ships were smashed against the coral reefs and sunk, a man named Dale Clifton would help to uncover their stories, and the stories of many other shipwrecks, and make it his mission to share them with the public.

As the owner/director of the DiscoverSea Shipwreck Museum in Fenwick Island, Clifton was able to transform every child’s fantasy of discovering buried undersea treasure into not only a career, but a fascinating tool with which he can bring history to life.

A small but atmospheric museum located above the Sea Shell Shop, the DiscoverSea Shipwreck Museum is packed with artifacts from some of the world’s most famous wrecks. Cutlery and stained-glass windows from the Titanic and the R.M.S. Republic rest there, as well as a trove of artifacts, including the Queen of Spain’s wedding chain from the long-elusive ship the Atocha.

Everything from coral-encrusted cutlasses and skull-adorned pirates’ rings to miraculously-preserved Aztec gold statues can be found in the glass cases. To the left of the museum entrance, a laboratory sits so that museum-goers can actually watch Clifton in the process of cleaning and preserving artifacts.

Double the music in Ocean View

Coastal Point • Susan Lyons: Craig Reeves of Over Time Band gets down during their performance during the last Concerts in the Park event.Coastal Point • Susan Lyons: Craig Reeves of Over Time Band gets down during their performance during the last Concerts in the Park event.The Ocean View community is getting a double dose of music this year during the Ocean View Summer Concert Series, which includes six concerts this summer instead of the three concerts offered in previous years.

The Town of Ocean View has brought back its annual summer concert series at John West Park, on Western Avenue. The concerts in the park, which run from 6 to 8 p.m., are meant to give residents and visitors a chance to experience some “fine arts and entertainment,” said Donna Schwartz, Ocean View town clerk.

For every concert, a different performer has been invited to the park. Musicians who have performed already this summer have included the Glass Onion Band, the Delmarva Big Band and Over Time. Schwartz said each concert had been a success, drawing in 300 to 600 people, but she noticed that one of the crowd favorites was Over Time, which features retired Indian River High School music teacher Mark Marvel and some of his former students.

Stay hydrated: Beebe doctor offers tips to avoid the ER

Summer heat, too much alcohol, too much time in the sun and not drinking enough water can be a dangerous combination.

Even if you aren’t consuming alcohol, many people end up in the emergency room each year due to dehydration.

Millsboro book sale extends to a second weekend

The Millsboro Public Library’s used book sale will continue for its second weekend on Friday, July 28, from noon to 7 p.m. and Saturday, July 29, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

On Friday, books will be sold individually; paperback books sell for $1 and hardback books sell for $2. The sale will also feature CDs, DVDs and more.

Bear Trap Dunes to host Blues & Brews event

Bear Trap Dunes will host a Blues & Brews event on Saturday, July 29, from 4 to 8 p.m. on the front lawn and amphitheater of Bear Trap, located at 7 Clubhouse Road in Ocean View. The debut event mimics the previously held autumn festival at Bear Trap but will be the first summer music event of its kind.

Vendor sale returns to Bethany fire hall

The next Vendor Sale at the Bethany Beach fire hall at 215 Hollywood Street will be Sunday, July 30, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Attendees are being strongly encouraged to enter the fire hall off Hollywood Street.

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